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...and it rests in the Directors’ hands...
To be accepted by travelers- a means of transportation must be statistically safe. It also must be recognized as safe. Business Aviation scores top marks on both counts- asserts Jack Olcott.
Business Aviation is an efficient and effective means of placing the right person in the right place at the right time. By providing transportation to many more destinations than are served by scheduled Airlines- and by enabling business men and women to use their travel time efficiency as they work in a secure- private environment- the use of business aircraft is a widely employed practice for many corporations and entrepreneurs. Acceptance of Business Aviation- however- would not be possible if it were not for the community’s excellent record of safety.
While efficiency and effectiveness are worthy attributes- Business Aviation’s most important characteristic is its excellent record of safety—on a par with the largest scheduled Airlines (see Chart below). Business aircraft owned (or leased) by companies (or entrepreneurs) for the purpose of industrial aid- and crewed by professional pilots receiving a salary for their labors from the owner- are a particularly safe mode of travel.
Since the wide-scale adoption of best practices in training and flight operations several decades ago—about the time that second-generation simulators employing digital computers and visual systems became available to operators of business aircraft—the record of safety for Business Aviation rapidly became the benchmark for excellence.
The introduction of business aircraft powered by jet engines in the 1960s also added measurably to the community’s safety record. Recognition of Business Aviation’s culture of safety grew as accidents and mishaps became exceedingly rare- thereby adding immensely to the acceptance of business aircraft as important business tools.
Statistics are appropriate for broad assessments. What matters- however- is the safety of the aircraft on which you and your employees are traveling. With Business Aviation- Directors are able to set policy and monitor compliance for the operation of the company’s flight department. No other form of transportation provides a higher level of control or opportunity to positively affect the safety of corporate air travel.